Wine Reviews

7401174010USThis wine's aromas are fruit forward, suggesting cantaloupe, melon and pear. The palate is spicy and broad, bringing a lot of appeal.8938WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportJM Cellars 2015 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))ChardonnayJM Cellars
7401274011USThis wine's aromas are bright and fruit forward, with generous black pepper, raspberry, fresh flower, smoked meat and barrel spice notes. The full-bodied palate delivers cranberry flavors that are appealing but more ponderous than the aromas might suggest.Falcon Series Estate8925WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKestrel 2013 Falcon Series Estate Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahKestrel
7401374012SpainTropical-fruit aromas are slightly oily but on target for Verdejo. This wine displays a full, round palate held together by acidity and white-fruit tannins. Lightly salty grapefruit flavors finish moderately long, with citrus overtones. Drink as soon as possible.Federico Paternina8915Northern SpainRuedaMichael Schachner@wineschachMarqués de la Concordia 2016 Federico Paternina Verdejo (Rueda)VerdejoMarqués de la Concordia
7401474013USYellow peach, lemon, Asian pear and citrus peels show on the nose of this bottling by Matt Villard. It's very light and reserved on the palate, which is what makes it refreshing, with flavors of ripe nectarine, pan-seared apple and cider. A sizzle of acidity runs through it.8930CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannMCV 2016 Viognier (Paso Robles)ViognierMCV
7401574014ChileAromas of white peach and apple come with mild oak notes. This feels melony and full, with its body weight dictated by tropical fruits. Briny, salty tropical fruit and corn flavors finish with a lasting note of oak.Alpha8922Casablanca ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2015 Alpha Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)ChardonnayMontes
7401674015ItalyThis wine's balsamic notes of camphor, oak, toast and crushed mint emerge in the glass while the linear palate offers licorice, sour cherry, cranberry, thyme and tobacco flavors. Close-grained, somewhat astringent tannins lend grip to the finish.Casot8935PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeNada Giuseppe 2014 Casot (Barbaresco)NebbioloNada Giuseppe
7401774016USThis fresh, lively and assertive wine comes off as a touch sweet but it has such tangy acidity that it stays well balanced. Bright cherry and raspberry flavors have a big impact on the palate and will help it pair nicely with strong foods.Rosé of8922CaliforniaAnderson ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsNavarro 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)Pinot NoirNavarro
7401874017USLots of fruit flavor and light spicy touches make this medium-bodied, dry and moderately tannic wine very attractive. Black cherry meets clove and cinnamon, while ample acidity joins with a touch of tannin for a well-balanced texture.Small Lot8913CaliforniaMendocino CountyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsParducci 2014 Small Lot Merlot (Mendocino County)MerlotParducci
7401974018FranceThis wine has an attractive crisp edge refreshes and balances the ripe fruit and the generous texture. Toast flavors from the wood aging underline the richness. Drink now.Les Grands Climats89BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerPascal Rollet 2015 Les Grands Climats (Pouilly-Fuissé)ChardonnayPascal Rollet
7402074019USPellegrini's standard-label Chardonnay offers a brightness and vibe that stands out against the winery's oakier Vintner's Blend. There's ample toast and spice here, but it's deftly applied, highlighting the wine's rich, slightly leesy texture. Fresh acidity lends balance and grace. Drink now through 2020.8920New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaPellegrini Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)ChardonnayPellegrini Vineyards
7402174020FranceThe wine is structured and with bold red fruits. It also has a firm texture, layers of tannins and a solid texture. Acidity shines through at the end. These elements promise a serious wine that will age well. Drink from 2021.Les Ecussaux Premier Cru8945BurgundyAuxey-DuressesRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jessiaume 2015 Les Ecussaux Premier Cru (Auxey-Duresses)Pinot NoirDomaine Jessiaume
7402274021USZesty and fresh, this bristling Grüner Veltliner offers pristine tangerine, lime and melon flavors. While delicate in concentration, vibrant acidity and crisp lime pith notes reverberate on the finish. Drink now through 2019.8915New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaDr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Grüner Veltliner (Finger Lakes)Grüner VeltlinerDr. Konstantin Frank
7402374022USTart elderberry, purple flowers, anise, bay leaf and other chaparral aromas show on the nose of this blend of 20% Carmenère, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot. Forest-driven flavors power the palate, where firm but forgiving tannins present black cherry and dark chocolate shavings.Reconciliation8965CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannDubost 2015 Reconciliation Red (Paso Robles)Red BlendDubost
7402474023USThis drinks like a Port, with extremely ripe and definitely sweet flavors of raisins, dried plums and blackberry jam. It's not so much a dinner wine as something to sip around the campfire or with a dark chocolate dessert.Estate Grown Happy8925CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsEverhart Cellars 2014 Estate Grown Happy Zinfandel (El Dorado)ZinfandelEverhart Cellars
7402574024ItalyThis wine's fragrant blue flower and red berry aromas lift out of the glass. On the savory palate, ground clove accents raspberry jam and wild cherry notes, all hemmed in with refined tannins.Tradizione8912Central ItalyLambrusco Grasparossa di CastelvetroKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeZanasi NV Tradizione (Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro)Lambrusco GrasparossaZanasi
7402674025ItalyThis wine's prune, menthol, tobacco and grilled herb aromas carry over to its bracing palate, along with dried black cherry and licorice hints. Assertive, tight-knit tannins grip the finish. Drink after 2020.Basarin Riserva89PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeAdriano Marco & Vittorio 2012 Basarin Riserva (Barbaresco)NebbioloAdriano Marco & Vittorio
7402774026USBrowned butter, toasted almonds, sea salt and peach blossoms converge for a compelling nose on this twist-top appellation blend. It's a full Chardonnay on the sip, with Meyer lemon peel, Gala apple and savory sea salt, all cut by a racy line of acidity.8925CaliforniaMonterey CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBernardus 2015 Chardonnay (Monterey County)ChardonnayBernardus
7402874027USElderberry, white pepper, leather, asphalt and black olive show on the nose of this blend of all five Bordeaux varieties done in the region's savory style. The flavors are mellow overall, with wildfire smoke and a bit of herbaceousness decorating the elderberry and graphite core.San Andreas8949CaliforniaSanta Cruz MountainsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannBlack Ridge 2012 San Andreas Red (Santa Cruz Mountains)Bordeaux-style Red BlendBlack Ridge
7402974028ItalyThis wine's chopped herb, dark culinary spice, eucalyptus and oak aromas unfold in the glass. The firm palate offers raw cherry, ground clove, star anise and tobacco set against close-grained tannins that grip the finish.Gallina8945PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina del Pino 2013 Gallina (Barbaresco)NebbioloCantina del Pino
7403074029FranceThe small Beaujolais cru of Chénas is next door to Moulin à Vent. As this wine shows, it has the same firm structure and ripe fruit. The wine from the cru's chateau is dense, smoky and has plenty of firm tannins. It is a wine to age, so drink from 2019.8920BeaujolaisChénasRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau de Chénas 2015 ChénasGamayChâteau de Chénas
7403174030FranceThis is a generous wine, finely balanced and with great fruit. It has a touch of spice to balance the lively acidity and green crisp fruits. A waft of Mediterranean herbs passes over this ripe, generous wine. Drink from late 2017.Prestige8927ProvenceCoteaux Varois en ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau d'Ollières 2016 Prestige White (Coteaux Varois en Provence)Provence white blendChâteau d'Ollières
7403274031USIt's great to find both lots of fruit and good structure in a Zin, especially at such a reasonable price. Spicy aromas like vanilla and nutmeg precede vivid and ripe fruit flavors and more of those oaky spices on the palate where firm tannins and a bite of acidity give a mouthwatering balance.Ancient Vines8915CaliforniaContra Costa CountyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsCline 2015 Ancient Vines Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)ZinfandelCline
7403374032ItalyThis wine's underbrush, truffle, leather and herb aromas unfold in the glass. The firmly structured palate offers dried black cherry, licorice, espresso, oak-driven spice and toast flavors framed by close-grained tannins. Roasted coffee bean and powdered sage notes mark the finish.Bric' Micca8946PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDante Rivetti 2014 Bric' Micca (Barbaresco)NebbioloDante Rivetti
7403474033FranceThis wine is tight and closed up. It does suggest plenty of fruit weight, hinting at toast and apple flavors that will come through over the next several years to give a rich wine. Drink from 2022.Charmes Premier Cru89161BurgundyMeursaultRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Faiveley 2015 Charmes Premier Cru (Meursault)ChardonnayDomaine Faiveley
7403574034USThis provides a strong argument that delicate yet flavorful Pinot Noir can indeed come from the Santa Clara Valley. Intriguing and elegant aromas of lavender and violet meet with Earl Grey tea and bergamot on the nose. The palate's light black-plum and black-raspberry fruit are enlivened by purple flowers and a dusting of dried sage.Reserve9360CaliforniaSanta Clara ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSarah's Vineyard 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir (Santa Clara Valley)Pinot NoirSarah's Vineyard
7403674035USThis richer expression of Pinot Noir kicks off with vanilla and warm cherry sauce on the nose, along with a bit of caramel, enabling it to appeal to lovers of darker red wines. The sip delivers a great depth of berry fruit as well as elegant purple flowers. A chipped-slate minerality is further lifted by dried thyme and bay leaf, making for a hearty but balanced sip.Ten9382CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSea Smoke 2014 Ten Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirSea Smoke
7403774036USThis Bordeaux-style blend leads with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very dark in color and potent in flavor, the wine has grand proportions but is finely polished, leaving no rough edges. It starts with light wood smoke and cedar aromas, and proceeds to mouthfilling black-cherry and dark-chocolate flavors on a creamy but moderately tannic texture. The tannins are well integrated, the flavors are deep and persistent. Best after 2022.Lineage93155CaliforniaLivermore ValleyCentral CoastJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsSteven Kent 2013 Lineage Red (Livermore Valley)Red BlendSteven Kent
7403874037USThis wine is 100% Syrah from Boushey, Olsen and Elephant Mountain vineyards. Alluring aromas of herb, blackberry, bramble, green olive, flower and smoked meat lead to a richly flavored palate that explodes with abundant savory, meaty flavors. It drinks like a charcuterie plate, with plenty of fresh herbs rounding it out.En Hommage9328WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportKevin White 2015 En Hommage Syrah (Yakima Valley)SyrahKevin White
7403974038ItalyBlack-skinned fruit, iris, espresso, dark spice and a balsamic note all meld together in the glass along with a whiff of chopped herb. The firmly structured palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, toast, roasted coffee bean and a hint of oak-driven spice alongside fine-grained tannins.Sarmassa93107PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMarchesi di Barolo 2013 Sarmassa (Barolo)NebbioloMarchesi di Barolo
7404074039ItalyTilled soil, lead pencil, thyme, iris and wild berry aromas take center stage on this fragrant red. It's vibrant and young, with crushed strawberry, red raspberry cinnamon and white pepper flavors framed in lively acidity and taut youthfully austere tannins. A licorice note closes the finish. Drink 2023–2033.Tresuri9335PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMauro Sebaste 2013 Tresuri (Barolo)NebbioloMauro Sebaste

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